Dog Hair All Over The Carpet? Unmissable Tips To Reduce The Amount Of Fur In Your Home!

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It’s perfectly normal for a dog to get rid of old and damaged hair from their body by shedding. However, for pet parents, it can be a challenge when the fur ends up all over their home. After all, it’s unhygienic and can make a room look unappealing! On top of this, people who are sensitive to allergens might start suffering flu-like symptoms in your home! Therefore, you need to reduce the amount of fur in our home to avoid all this happening. Here are some unmissable tips to reduce the amount of hair in your home!

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Go for wood flooring rather than carpet

As much as carpet can be great in the rooms in our home, it can be hard to hide pet hair as it stands out like a sore thumb. It means you have to end up getting the hoover out every day to ensure it stays pet-hair free. And even then, it sometimes sticks to the floor so it’s hard to remove it. Of course, daily hoovering can be a nightmare when you are busy with your normal life. Therefore, you should consider going for wood flooring instead in your property. The great thing about wood is you can easily hoover or mop it up quickly before anyone notices the fur! It’s much easier to remove, so you won’t have to spend hours cleaning it on a daily basis!

Regularly take your dog to the groomers

You can stop your dog shedding so much if you take them to the groomers on a regular basis. As we talked about previously, regular grooming is essential if you want to keep your home clean. The groomers will ensure that any dead or old hair is removed, so that it stops them shedding as much at home! Of course, sending your dog to the groomers every week can be expensive. Therefore, you might want to groom them at home instead. You need a great brush which will ensure you get rid of old hair. Also, you should give them a bath and use some form of dog shampoo to keep their coat fresh and clean!

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Look into non-shedding dogs

Of course, this isn’t appropriate if you have a pooch already. But if you are heading to the pound for a new dog and are worrying about fur in your home, you should look into non shedding dogs. There are many breeds such as a labradoodle and an Airedale terrier who barely shed at all. It means you can easily control the amount of fur that’s in your home! And they still make wonderful dogs who will become a part of your family!

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Ensure they are eating a proper diet

If you find there is lots of dog hair all over the carpet, it could be down to your pooch not eating properly. If they have a lack of nutrients in their diet, they could start excessively shedding in your home. Therefore, make sure you are buying quality pet-food. And as this feature explains, you can always speak to your vet about which foods will be best to reduce the amount of shedding!

 

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Purr-fection: Choosing The Right Pet For Your Family’s Lifestyle

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In the US, over 60 percent of households contain at least one pet. This means that most children grow up with a domestic animal of some description to love and cherish. Owning a pet – whether it’s a dog, cat or rabbit, can be a highly rewarding experience. Not only that, but it can also have many benefits for yourself and your children.

Pets can be a calming influence and can help to comfort and reduce stress levels. Bigger pets, such as cats and dogs, have evolved to become attuned to human emotion and will do what they can to offer comfort when needed. Studies have even shown that having a pet to love and care for can help to make managing behavioral disorders like ADHD, easier.

There’s a lot more to having a pet than companionship, that’s for sure. Pets have so much love to give and can make a great addition to your family. Just as long as it’s the right time to add a pet to your home and you choose the right one, that is. To help ensure that you make the right decisions when it comes to adopting a pet, below are some useful tips and handy advice to take note of.

Take your family’s lifestyle into account

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Your children may be obsessed with dogs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that getting a puppy is the right option for you. A pet is for life, which means that you need to think carefully before taking on any animal. Because once you’ve added a pooch, kitty, or hamster to your home, not being able to keep it will break yours’ and your children’s hearts. Giving a pet away to a shelter may also leave it with behavioral issues.

So before you add a pet to your family, you need to take your lifestyle into account to ensure that it’s a good match. Say you work full-time which means that no one is home for six hours a day unless you’re willing to get a dog walker, a dog is a no-no. A cat, however, could be a suitable option, as long as you’re willing to get a cat flap, that is. Are you an active family – dogs need at least two walks a day, so if you’re not, a smaller pet might be a better option. Think about your lifestyle and how a pet would fit into it.

Think about your kids’ ages

Children and pets can be the best of friends. However, younger children and pets aren’t always a good combination. Toddlers, for instance, have a tendency to play too rough with pets. Of course, some younger kids are great with animals, but it’s still important to take their ages into account. To see how your kids are with pets, take them to visit with a friend or relative’s pet.

As a rule of thumb, small pets like rabbits and hamsters aren’t suitable for children under four because they can be too rough when handling them. Dogs, however, if they’re a gentle breed, can make a good pet for families with kids over three. The same applies to cats – they’re normally fine with children over three. Just as long as you teach your children to be gentle with them and respect them, that is.

Do the math

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A pet is a financial commitment, and it’s important to realize that. From the cost of purchasing them to the price of their pet insurance and food bills, pets don’t come cheap. You need to sit down and work out what money you have spare each month, to ensure that you can afford to look after them. The last thing you want to do is adopt a pet only to have to give it up because you can’t afford the cost.

As a rule of thumb, smaller pets like rabbits and hamsters tend to be cheapish to keep – costing under $100 a year. While cats tend to cost a few hundred dollars each year to care for, and dogs can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the breed. If you need a more precise annual cost, visit your local veterinary practice – they should be able to help you get a more accurate price.

Should you adopt or buy?

There are thousands of unwanted pets that are desperate for a good home, so adopting is worth thinking about. However, the downside to adoption is that most rescue pets are older, and many have behavioral problems. And so, aren’t suitable for families with kids. Of course, by adopting an adult pet, they will already be house trained, making the transition to a new home easier. The best thing to do is ask your local shelter whether they have any child-friendly pets for adoption, and then you can go from there.

If you decide to buy a younger pet instead of an older one, you still need to take the time to do some digging. Each breed of dog has different personality traits, for instance, so you need to be choosy about the pup that you go for. Say, for instance, you decide that you would like to add a Yorkie to your family. Before you do you need to read up on them and the things to look for when buying a Yorkie. The same applies to all dog breeds (and cat breeds for that matter), to ensure that you are buying from a reputable breeder.

Can you commit for the long-term?

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Last but not least, ask yourself whether you can commit to a pet for the long-term. This is important, as pets can live for up to 20 years, depending on the type of pet, so you need to be sure that you can look after them for that long.

Think about where you want to be in five years, ten years, 20 years even, and consider if a pet is part of your life plan. If it is, then go ahead and add your pet of choice to your family. Just make sure that you can commit to them for the long-term.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about choosing the right pet for your family’s lifestyle.

 

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Getting Your Home Prepared For Fall: What You Need To Do

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, there are plenty of ways that we can get prepared for fall and winter. As well as getting our fall clothes out of storage, we can prepare our homes for the weather too. Understandably, our homes need different care in the colder months than they do during summertime. So here are just a few ideas for home improvements that are best to do at this time of year. Then your home can be a warm and cozy haven on these cool, fall evenings.

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Check the Exterior of Your Home

One of the first things that you can do is to check the exterior of your home. There might be cracked or peeling paint to be fixed. Having peeling or chipped paint can mean that the walls aren’t as protected as they could be. The older paint is clearly wearing off, so along with it goes the paints protective film. Left as is it, could mean more damage to the walls in the future. So deal with it as and when it arises. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the home makes it look fresh and clean too. Look for any cracks and damage to walls too, not just the paint. If cracks aren’t dealt with, they could lead to leaks and water damage when the cold, rain or snow arrives. So seal any cracks in the walls as soon as you can.

Clear the Gutters

Fall gets its name from the leaves falling off the trees and landing all around. One of the places they can fall is into the gutters of your home. This can lead to damage to the home if it isn’t dealt with quickly. So clearing out the gutters is important once the leaves have fallen. If they gutters aren’t cleared, the leaves can clog them, leading to any ice to jam up, as well as water damage to the home. As you are clearing away the leaves, check the gutters are in good condition. If there are any cracks and holes, they won’t be able to function as they should. Then you might need to consider getting the guttering repaired. Somewhere like American Home Contractors is a place where you can order new guttering and have it installed.

Check and Caulk the Window Seals

In fall and winter, you want to keep the coziness and heat inside the home. If your windows aren’t sealed correctly, they will let some of the heat escape out of the house. Not only is this a nuisance, making you colder, but it means higher heating bills. You will keep on heating your home as it will never feel warm enough. So check the seals on your windows; inside and out. If there are a few gaps, get caulking to seal it up. This is a pretty straightforward and easy job that you can pretty much do yourself. Just make sure you get the right equipment to help you, from a hardware store.

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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Home Is In Need Of Some TLC

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Just like you take the time to take care of yourself – you eat right, go for checkups, and take pride in your appearance, your home deserves the same care. It might only be a pile of bricks and mortar, but your home is yours’ and your family’s escape from the world. If you want it to stand the test of time and be a nice space to spend time in, you need to put time, effort and money into it.

Unsure whether your home is in need of a little TLC – aka some renovations and updates? Then have a read of these four tell-tale signs that it does…

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  1. The paintwork is a mess

Go for a stroll around your home and inspect the paintwork, both inside and outside of the property. If it’s somewhat of a mess – is peeling, bubbling, or generally grimey, then this is a sign that it needs redoing. The good news about paint that needs redoing is that it doesn’t have to be expensive – you can always do it yourself. As long as you’re happy to get up a ladder, that is.

  1. You’re used to household problems

Household problems should not be a common occurrence. If you’re used to having issues, such as leaking pipes due to freezing in the colder months or mold, this is a sign that your home is in need of some TLC. Take your leaking pipes, for instance, preventing them from freezing up is simple enough – all it takes is some heating cables. Household problems don’t have to be time-consuming or expensive to fix, as long as you get them sorted as soon as possible. You see, the longer you leave them, the worse they tend to get.

  1. Your garden is a jungle

Does your garden resemble a jungle? If your garden is packed full of weeds and overgrown plants, this is a clear sign that you need to make more time to keep your home in good shape. If you’ve got the tools that you need to get your garden back in shape – a lawnmower and strimmer, you can clear it yourself. However, if you don’t, you may need to hire a professional gardener to get your yard back in shape.

  1. Your appliances break down on a regular basis

Have your household appliances started to break down on a somewhat regular basis? If your cooker no longer works properly and your boiler has become temperamental when it comes to heating the water, it may be time to replace them. A lot of people put off replacing household appliances because of how expensive they can be. However, you can’t live in a home that isn’t usable, can you? So replacing your appliances with newer ones is something that’s definitely worthwhile doing.

So there you have it, a guide to four tell-tale signs that your home is in need of a little TLC. Take the above tips and advice on board, to ensure that your home is kept in good condition.

 

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES NEW TRAILER

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How to Become a Work-At-Home Mom

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typewriterEntering into the workforce can seem daunting as a mother. It can be especially hard if your kids are still young and need you to be around. Having a job and being a mother doesn’t always seem practical, but with the amount of work available for you to do from the comfort of your own home, you never have to second guess yourself ever again.

There’s a variety of jobs available for a wide range of people and skill sets. Being able to work at your own pace and set your own hours is a stay at home mom’s dream.

Transcribing

Because transcribing can be seen as tedious, there’s a large market for freelance transcribers. A transcriber listens to an audio or video recording and types up what is being said. While it may not seem like a huge deal, sometimes having a written transcription of a meeting or an event can be extremely essential to a business.

Graphic Design

For all of you computer savvy and creative moms, graphic design is a great option that can be done remotely from anywhere in the world. From logos to posters, people are looking for creative minds to help them promote their business and personal brands. Because it can all be done on your computer, there’s no need for you to have to leave your home office to get work done.

Brand Ambassadors

For those moms interested in doing more than just freelancing, you can also start your own business while in your pajamas. Companies like Amway allow you to begin earning income through their compensation plan. You do this by selling as much or as little inventory as you want while creating a network of people that you can sponsor and enable to do the same. The coolest part of working with Amway is that you can choose what you want to sell, such as health, beauty and household products. This way you can be truly passionate about what you’re selling.

Writing & Editing

From creative writing to blog posts, their are plenty of people and companies that are looking for talented writers. Certain sites connect you with companies that are looking for writers that are experts in pretty much every topic imaginable. Some of your favorite blogs are also likely looking for people to contribute to their website and are willing to pay.

Or maybe you’re the kind of person that goes on Facebook and spots grammar mistakes faster than anyone you know. Why not get paid to fix all those mistakes? Freelance editing has become a booming business in recent years. From emails to articles, companies and individuals will pay for a second opinion or even just a second glance. You also get to choose what you want to edit, so there’s no obligation to read through someone’s 100-page dissertation.

Virtual Assistant

As mothers, you become experts in multi-tasking and staying organized. Fortunately, there are people that are not quite as skilled in that department. Some people need help maintaining their calendar or setting up meetings. Because of the technology available today, you no longer have to sit in an office to be someone’s assistant. Virtual Assistants work remotely over email and telephone, making it the perfect job for stay-at-home moms.

Arts & Crafts

For all of the artistic and crafty moms out there, now is the time to sell your creations online. Sites like Etsy allow you to not only sell your wares to people who are looking to add some beauty into their lives, but it also helps you create a store front where people can look into purchasing other items from you in the future.

Thanks to technology, you never have to feel like you have to choose between your family and your career. Making money from home has never been easier and being a working mom no longer has to stay a dream; it can be your reality.

 

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Transforming Your House Into Your Dream Home

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When you picture your ‘dream home’ you might conjure up images of something completely different to what you have now. However as long as you’re happy with the area, there’s no reason that your current home can’t become your dream home with a few adjustments and renovations. Here are some of the ways you can transform your house, and achieve your dream home without having to move.inside-apartment-design-home

Make The Most Of The Space

Most of us have wasted space in our homes. It could be a cupboard full of things we can’t bear to throw away. A ‘guest room’ that barely gets used or an empty corner of a bedroom. So why not put this space to work? Have a declutter and be brutal. If you have items that sit in storage and never see the light of day, do you really need them taking up space in your home? Wouldn’t that space be much better used for something else? If your idea of a ‘dream home’ has an office, walk in wardrobe or ensuite bathroom you could use this space for these kinds of things instead. Having an extension built or converting your loft into another usable space gives you more places in your home to enjoy. Then you can transform the new rooms into whatever you want.

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Rejig The Layout

Small, boxy rooms can feel cramped and claustrophobic. Today’s homes are generally focused around open concept spaces, so taking down or relocating a few walls could be a good move. Having an open plan layout downstairs feels much more airy and spacious, and is much more suited to modern day living. Being able to cook while still being able to socialize with guests, or even getting them involved in the cooking process is the informal way most people like to entertain today. This is in contrast to days gone by, where things were much more formal. Back then the focus was on smaller enclosed kitchens and larger living areas, which explains the layout in most older homes.

Invest In The Kitchen

When you picture your ‘dream home’ it probably features a large kitchen, and so this is one extremely worthwhile renovation. Again an open space works best for modern living. Consider adding a large island which gives you an informal seating area, as well as more space to cook and organize in the kitchen. Having an additional sink, electrics and even an extra hob in the island will make light work of cooking for a crowd. Think of the incredible family events you could host! This is the thing about dream homes, they don’t just look gorgeous but they allow us to live the kind of life that we want. Spending extra on higher end, built in appliances and all of the modern finishes and touches in the kitchen is well worth the splurge. Not only will it add to the luxurious ‘dream home’ appeal but you’ll add an enormous amount of value too.

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Think About Gardens

As well as looking amazing on the inside, chances are you’ll want your dream home to look great on the outside too. If your backyard is overlooked, having a privacy fence installed as well as things like pergolas are a good way to transform it into your own secluded haven. Hiring a landscape gardener to design something stunning will give you the best result. Keep front gardens neat and tidy, and add pots of beautiful flowers which will create curb appeal and make you feel happy every time you arrive home.

Your dream home doesn’t have to be a mansion with acres of land and more rooms than you could ever possibly use. With a bit of vision and creativity, your current home could become somewhere you never want to leave.

 

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Amazingly Easy Ways You Can Become More Environmentally Friendly

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These days, we are all aware of the threats and dangers to our natural environment. Whether you believe in global warming or not, it is clear that certain things we do in our day to day lives can severely damage our environment. For example, recent studies showed that on average, Americans use up to 75 percent more water per capita than other nationalities. Helping the environment is all about protecting it for generations to come. Recycling is one of those ways we can easily do that from the comfort of our own homes. It hugely minimises the amount of landfill waste left to rot on our land, which also has a huge impact on the economy. Read on to find out how you and your family can start to become more environmentally friendly.

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Invest in glass bottles
Using plastic water bottles or juice bottles can have a terrible effect on the environment.  Many of them ending up in landfill which takes centuries to decompose. Plus, a scary number also end up at the bottom of the ocean – damaging marine life. Avoid buying plastic bottles for the home and instead, switch to glass bottles for cold drinks. As well as helping the environment, you could also be supporting your own health. Studies have shown that drinking water out of a glass bottle could actually be better for you than drinking it out of a plastic one. Plus, drinking out of a glass tends to taste better, too!
Use recycle bins
If you have recycling bins that are provided by your local government, make use of them. It barely takes any time at all to separate different materials such as tins, glass and plastics, and it can have a huge effect on the natural world. If you don’t have any provided, or if that sounds like a little too much hassle, consider buying an indoor recycle bin.

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Dump your stuff responsibly

Many household items that we don’t use anymore end up building up in a pile in our garages, and are then sent to landfill. As well as being a pain for us (because, let’s face it, that pile tends to be there for a while), we are potentially damaging our environment by putting these items in a dumpster or landfill. If your pile of junk has built up so much that it’s impossible to tackle on your own, why not visit somewhere such as http://www.baywidehauling.com/berkeley-junk-removal/? Many haulage companies these days pride themselves on being greener than ever, so you can relax knowing that your junk is gone and that it will be recycled.

Composting

It might seem gross to you at first, but composting is one of the easiest ways to make your home a little greener. Invest in a compost bin which you can place outside and dispose of any household kitchen waste in there. It will start to decompose and will become compost. As it is full of vital nutrients, it is ideal for growing flowers or plants in. So if you’re a keen gardener, there’s no excuse not to start composting!

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Essential Tips To Prepare Your Home For Harsh Weather

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It is safe to say that Summer is on it’s way out and fall is about to start. But with fall and of course winter, you are likely to receive harsher weather. Rain, colder days, and even snow can cause huge problems to your home when advanced preparation hasn’t taken place. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for any bad weather to come. With that in mind, here are some essential tips to prepare you home for the harsher winter weather.

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Make sure you heating system is in good working order

As winter approaches the days will get shorter and colder. So it’s vital to ensure that your whatever heating system your home has in place are in good working order. The last thing anyone wants is for this system to break down on the coldest day of the year. Test out your system and see if it fires up or call in a professional to give your heating system the once over. This could highlight any potential issues giving you plenty of time to resolve them.

Clear out the gutters to ensure good drainage

Bad weather often means rain and a lot of it. So as this rain pours it is essential to ensure it has somewhere to go, otherwise it could potentially cause you further damages. Things like flooding or problems to your foundations. It could even flood any basement area you have causing you to consider a wet basement repair. A great tip is to ensure that all gutters and drains are cleared of any debris or leaves. Often these things are the main culprits when it comes to any blockages. It’s a simple job but could save you a lot of hassle.

Add additional protection to exposed pipework

Exposed pipework is subject to the elements. While this normally doesn’t pose a threat, it can be problematic during the cold and icy days. Those pipes could freeze on the severest of days, and when thawed can burst. Causing leaks and problems you won’t want to be hassled with. A good idea is to add protection to that exposed pipework. Often a foam surround is enough to keep the pipe from freezing inside.

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Make sure your garden and pathways are cleared

Snow and rain can cause a lot of problems anyway, but don’t create further problems by having uncleared gardens and pathways. During the fall leaves and debris gather, and during the harsher weather they can become a hazard across your walkways. Give these areas a clean as often as possible. It could be as simple as brushing the pathway or driveway regularly.

Checkout your attic space for any obvious roof issues

Finally, check out your attic and loft space before the bad weather sets in. Any damage may have gone unnoticed during the sunnier months, but a leak could cause you a lot of internal damage like damp and even mould. Being aware of any suspected issues in advance gives you the upper hand to resolve problems before they become serious.

 

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QUEEN OF KATWE – New Clips- In Theaters September 30th

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image006-4Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE is opening in theatres everywhere this Friday, September 30th. Here are some great new clips I wanted to share with my readers. Make sure to check out this heartwarming movie!

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“Eight Moves” Clip

“Opportunity” Clip

“Lucky Beginner” Clip

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QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

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